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post #1 of 10 Old 12-17-2009, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for the 3-1/4" power planer looking at the bosch. Who has the 3-1/4 planer any type and your review Xmas is here. Carl.
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-18-2009, 02:16 AM
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Bosch has a good reputation, and one thing I like is that you can switch the sawdust either to the left or to the right. This is a nice feature even if you aren't using dust collection, (bag is included). If you need to take the bag off for clearance, or any other reason, notice the chips are thrown to the side, not down. They have one model that sells for about $110, and a second model with a little more power, and includes a fence. (If that is important to you, like for making rabbets) About $160 (Never used one, but a friend has one.)

Makita also sells 2 models and has an excellant reputation for their hand held planers. They have a better feel/balance for me. Their adjustments seem a little smoother, and the settings more positive. Downside - they do not have dust bags (unless they've changed) and the chips fly, sometimes right on you when you can't reposition, but they are directed toward the ground. That said, I'm not so sure I'd really want a bag getting in the way, catching on something, or affecting the balance of the planer. Many people feel that these planers are best in class. They have 2 planers priced similarly to Bosch's. They sell more planers than anyone else. (I've used Makitas many times.)

Tough call that you'll have to make. Get your hands on them if you haven't. Feel and adjustability are important. What's good for me, may not be so good for you. Good luck on your decision.

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If you are referring to the hand held power planer, I'd like to ask what you intend to use it for. I have a few of those and only use them for dressing entry/passage door edges, and I must add rarely.

They can get you in trouble quickly. I wouldn't use one for planing panels or faces of narrow lumber stock. Even for use on door edges, my personal preference is to use handplanes, maybe a rasp, or a block sander. I've used a belt sander also, but don't recommend it.






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I've had one for over a year now. It has a lot of hours on it and I am quit impressed.

Make sure if you buy one that you check the beds for square. That is the one bad thing, they tend to have bed's that are out of square. Check through the dealers stock until you find one that is exceptable.

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Carl,
I have had a makita for probably close to twenty years or so. Like Cabinetman said, I don't use it that often. However, when I do, it works very well. I use it to trim doors now and then, and also sometimes to shave the face frame overhangs on cabinets, or to taper a filler strip. The makita is very smooth. What I do is stick the shop vac hose over the outlet while I am cutting and it catches just about everything.
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Check out this thread:

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f12/p...er-uses-12848/
I'm the kinda guy that uses one in rough construction framing and such to level out various surfaces especially when drywalling. I also will use it to reduce the passes needed when jointing a board. By sighting across the board and reducing the high spots with a few quick passes the board can sit almost flat on the jointer bed right out of the gate. It's a lot easier to move a 4 lb planer than a 6' long 2'' thick board.
Same thing applies when resawing a round log, you need a flat spot or a jig to hold it from turning. A few quick passes and you're ready to resaw. JM2$ bill
BTW I have several, 2 Craftsman, they just won't die, a Dewalt and a Metabo.

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I have Lowes house brand and like it. It makes a
lot of chips, I am left handed and they get all
over me.

I use it for working the bevels on boats and
making oars.

Like was said before, they have a learning curve
and you need to get comfortable with it before
working on something critical. You can get in
trouble in one pass!

It is great for shaping the blades, final work done
with a palm sander.

These took about forty hours to do.

It is hard to see in the picture but they taper almost an
inch from the lock to the blade.




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cabinetman looking to use it trim high spots in panels over 10" WILL BE USED LITTLE BUT TO CUT DOWN SANDING.CARL
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If you are referring to the hand held power planer, I'd like to ask what you intend to use it for. I have a few of those and only use them for dressing entry/passage door edges, and I must add rarely.

They can get you in trouble quickly. I wouldn't use one for planing panels or faces of narrow lumber stock. Even for use on door edges, my personal preference is to use handplanes, maybe a rasp, or a block sander. I've used a belt sander also, but don't recommend it.








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I have used the bosch planer on the job for over 10 years now and have had no problems with it. The blades are easy to replace and the fact that you can choose which side the chips come out really helps. That said, I only use it on the job while trimming houses(i.e. planing doors or scribing the edge of a board or countertop to the wall) or for straightening out bowed studs before drywall goes on.
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I have the Bosch and the Dewalt. Both are nice for what I use them for which is usually limited to deck building ie: planing down high spots, planing 4x4 post that are a hair too wide to allow those &*!$# white composite sleeves to slide on nicely. Basically they're great for rough applications when you need to take out a lot of material in a hurry.

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